Avis Introduces New Alpine Portable Navigation System At Five Key Airport Locations

First Rental Car Company to Offer Navigation Devices for Any Size Vehicle



Apr 26, 2001, 01:00 ET from Avis Rent A Car System, Inc.

    GARDEN CITY, N.Y., April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Avis Rent A Car and Alpine
 Electronics of America today announced that Alpine's new portable satellite
 navigation system will be available on a test basis to Avis customers renting
 most vehicles in the Avis fleet at five key airport locations in California,
 New York and Florida.
     Avis is believed to be the first rental car company to offer navigation
 devices that are portable and can be installed in seconds in nearly any rental
 vehicle covering any price range.
     Known as PowerNAV, the DVD based satellite navigation system will be
 available for a nominal daily charge of $6.95 to customers upon request at the
 international airports in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose, New York,
 (John F. Kennedy) and Palm Beach.
     "Avis' introduction of Alpine's PowerNAV now brings the most advanced
 satellite navigation system to a potentially wide range of customer," said
 Ronald Masini, Avis vice president of research and product development.  "For
 the first time in our industry, renters needing navigational assistance are
 not limited to certain vehicles, since the device can be installed in
 virtually all of them.  With this new system, Avis continues to focus on the
 safety and security of customers."
     A driver can quickly mount the PowerNAV monitor with its digital map
 display on the dashboard of the car by securing a small clip to one of the air
 vents.  Then the driver enters his or her destination and the PowerNAV does
 the rest, seamlessly guiding the driver by using turn-by-turn voice directions
 complimented with an LCD video screen.  There is no need for drivers to take
 their eyes off the road to watch the map.  They merely listen to the voice
 commands.
     As a result, there are no more stressful moments worrying about how to get
 around in an unfamiliar location.  The PowerNAV unit incorporates the
 Navigation Technologies (NavTech(R)) map database and the Info USA(R) points
 of interest/business information database for state-of-the-art precision and
 detail.  With mapping detail of the contiguous United States, PowerNAV does
 not need to be reprogrammed if a driver travels from one region to another.
     "Alpine is pleased to have been selected as the navigation supplier to
 Avis.  With the Alpine DVD PowerNAV, Avis customers will benefit greatly from
 the timesaving and safety that in-vehicle navigation delivers.  Avis customers
 now have low cost access to the most advanced, user-friendly navigation system
 in North America," said Stephen Witt, vice president of brand marketing and
 communications.
     The navigational system test is yet another example of Avis' technological
 leadership in the rental car industry.  Avis has been a leader in using
 OnStar, the security and assistance system developed by General Motors, in
 thousands of its rental vehicles, and uses Avis InterActive, the industry
 leading, Web-based fleet management tool to help its corporate customers track
 rental vehicle usage and trends.
 
     Avis Rent A Car System, Inc. and its subsidiaries operate the world's
 second largest general-use car rental business, providing business and leisure
 customers with a wide range of services at more than 1,650 locations in the
 United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the Latin/American Caribbean
 region.  Avis is recognized as the industry leader in applying new
 technologies to grow its business and is one of the world's top brands for
 customer loyalty.  In April 2001, Avis tied for first place in customer
 satisfaction for business travelers in the J. D. Power and Associates survey
 of car rental companies.  The company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cendant
 Corporation (NYSE:   CD), a diversified global provider of business and consumer
 services primarily within the real estate and travel sectors.
      For additional information and news about Avis, please log onto the Avis
 Web Site (http://www.avis.com).
 
     Alpine Electronics is one of the world's leading mobile electronics
 companies.  Alpine is the only manufacturer specializing in mobile multimedia,
 an integrated system approach incorporating digital entertainment, mobile
 video, security and navigation products for the mobile environment.  With
 research and development facilities in Asia, Europe and the United States,
 Alpine is the global leader for in-vehicle navigation systems in Japan, North
 America and Europe for the after-market and for OEM factory installations.
 Alpine Electronics is a consolidated subsidiary of Alps Electric Co., Ltd.,
 one of the world's premier manufacturers of electronic components for
 computer, communications and car electronics equipment.  Visit Alpine on the
 Web at http://www.alpine1.com to experience mobile multimedia excellence or to
 find the closest dealer.
 
                     MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT -- Click Here
                http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X92348053
 
 

SOURCE Avis Rent A Car System, Inc.
    GARDEN CITY, N.Y., April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Avis Rent A Car and Alpine
 Electronics of America today announced that Alpine's new portable satellite
 navigation system will be available on a test basis to Avis customers renting
 most vehicles in the Avis fleet at five key airport locations in California,
 New York and Florida.
     Avis is believed to be the first rental car company to offer navigation
 devices that are portable and can be installed in seconds in nearly any rental
 vehicle covering any price range.
     Known as PowerNAV, the DVD based satellite navigation system will be
 available for a nominal daily charge of $6.95 to customers upon request at the
 international airports in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose, New York,
 (John F. Kennedy) and Palm Beach.
     "Avis' introduction of Alpine's PowerNAV now brings the most advanced
 satellite navigation system to a potentially wide range of customer," said
 Ronald Masini, Avis vice president of research and product development.  "For
 the first time in our industry, renters needing navigational assistance are
 not limited to certain vehicles, since the device can be installed in
 virtually all of them.  With this new system, Avis continues to focus on the
 safety and security of customers."
     A driver can quickly mount the PowerNAV monitor with its digital map
 display on the dashboard of the car by securing a small clip to one of the air
 vents.  Then the driver enters his or her destination and the PowerNAV does
 the rest, seamlessly guiding the driver by using turn-by-turn voice directions
 complimented with an LCD video screen.  There is no need for drivers to take
 their eyes off the road to watch the map.  They merely listen to the voice
 commands.
     As a result, there are no more stressful moments worrying about how to get
 around in an unfamiliar location.  The PowerNAV unit incorporates the
 Navigation Technologies (NavTech(R)) map database and the Info USA(R) points
 of interest/business information database for state-of-the-art precision and
 detail.  With mapping detail of the contiguous United States, PowerNAV does
 not need to be reprogrammed if a driver travels from one region to another.
     "Alpine is pleased to have been selected as the navigation supplier to
 Avis.  With the Alpine DVD PowerNAV, Avis customers will benefit greatly from
 the timesaving and safety that in-vehicle navigation delivers.  Avis customers
 now have low cost access to the most advanced, user-friendly navigation system
 in North America," said Stephen Witt, vice president of brand marketing and
 communications.
     The navigational system test is yet another example of Avis' technological
 leadership in the rental car industry.  Avis has been a leader in using
 OnStar, the security and assistance system developed by General Motors, in
 thousands of its rental vehicles, and uses Avis InterActive, the industry
 leading, Web-based fleet management tool to help its corporate customers track
 rental vehicle usage and trends.
 
     Avis Rent A Car System, Inc. and its subsidiaries operate the world's
 second largest general-use car rental business, providing business and leisure
 customers with a wide range of services at more than 1,650 locations in the
 United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the Latin/American Caribbean
 region.  Avis is recognized as the industry leader in applying new
 technologies to grow its business and is one of the world's top brands for
 customer loyalty.  In April 2001, Avis tied for first place in customer
 satisfaction for business travelers in the J. D. Power and Associates survey
 of car rental companies.  The company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cendant
 Corporation (NYSE:   CD), a diversified global provider of business and consumer
 services primarily within the real estate and travel sectors.
      For additional information and news about Avis, please log onto the Avis
 Web Site (http://www.avis.com).
 
     Alpine Electronics is one of the world's leading mobile electronics
 companies.  Alpine is the only manufacturer specializing in mobile multimedia,
 an integrated system approach incorporating digital entertainment, mobile
 video, security and navigation products for the mobile environment.  With
 research and development facilities in Asia, Europe and the United States,
 Alpine is the global leader for in-vehicle navigation systems in Japan, North
 America and Europe for the after-market and for OEM factory installations.
 Alpine Electronics is a consolidated subsidiary of Alps Electric Co., Ltd.,
 one of the world's premier manufacturers of electronic components for
 computer, communications and car electronics equipment.  Visit Alpine on the
 Web at http://www.alpine1.com to experience mobile multimedia excellence or to
 find the closest dealer.
 
                     MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT -- Click Here
                http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X92348053
 
 SOURCE  Avis Rent A Car System, Inc.